Wills, Trusts and Probate Solicitors in Hertfordshire

Do you need to write a will or trust? Looking for a probate solicitor? Seeking to manage inheritance tax? Need advice about lasting powers of attorney?

It is important that you get the right advice when planning your family’s future. Here at HRJ Foreman Laws Solicitors, we have an experienced team of Solicitors at our Hitchin and Welwyn Garden City offices, who specialise in Wills, Trust and Probate.  We will advise you on the best options for you and your family.

Call us to help you:

  • Write a Will that ensures your estate passes to your loved ones
  • Protect assets from care home fees
  • Arrange your affairs to reduce inheritance tax
  • Prepare Will Trusts or Lifetime Trusts to protect vulnerable beneficiaries
  • Obtain probate and manage estate administration
  • Prepare Lasting Powers of Attorney, obtain Deputyship Orders and assist with Court of Protection issues.

As members of STEP we are acknowledged Trust and Estate Practitioners.  We are recognised for our qualifications and experience in inheritance and succession planning, as well as our expertise in drafting Wills and trusts, administering estates, acting as trustees and advising families in Hertfordshire and nationwide.

Writing a Will

Making plans for family and loved ones in the event of your death can give many real peace of mind. You may wish to stipulate what happens to dependents in your care or leave a part of your estate to a charity or an individual outside of the direct family unit.  You can specify all these wishes in your Will. Our experienced team will advise you on the best options for you including minimising the amount of inheritance tax payable on the estate.

Making Trusts

You may wish to set up a Trust to minimise inheritance tax or provide for a vulnerable beneficiary.

Contact us today to talk about your unique needs to write your Will or Trust 

Specialist probate solicitors

For many Probate is an unknown territory and can seem daunting.  In short, it is the first step of the legal process to deal with a Will. It validates the executors and the distribution of assets.  When you feel ready to organise the personal affairs of a loved one who has passed away, you’ll need the right support and guidance to ensure the probate process happens as smoothly as possible.

Here at HRJ Foreman Laws Solicitors, we have a dedicated specialist probate team to provide you with all the support and advice you need, during the probate and estate administration process. 

We understand that your situation is unique and will tailor our advice to your specific needs. 

We can offer a bespoke probate service from obtaining the grant of probate to dealing with every aspect of estate administration.

we will advise you on:

  • Claiming all relevant exemptions and allowances, avoiding paying unnecessary inheritance tax, advising you on ways to minimise capital gains tax
  • Completing final income tax returns
  • Requesting a repayment of overpaid tax if appropriate

We’re here to help you at this difficult time. Talk to us today about the probate process.

We will also help you to:

  • Claim relevant exemptions and allowances
  • Avoid paying unnecessary inheritance tax
  • Benefit from opportunities to save tax for the Estate and for the Beneficiaries
  • Complete final income tax returns
  • Request a repayment of overpaid tax if appropriate

We’re here to help you at this difficult time. Talk to us today about the probate process.

Inheritance Tax

As experienced Wills, Trust and Probate practitioners we will help you to ensure that all the relevant tax exemptions, reliefs and allowances have been claimed.  HM Revenue and Customs is under no obligation to alert you if you do not claim the applicable exemptions and reliefs.  We will advise you about deeds of variation to minimise inheritance tax and how to successfully redirect your inheritance to the next generation.

Contact us today for advice about inheritance tax.

Lasting Power of Attorney solicitors

A Lasting Power of Attorney allows you to appoint persons to make decisions about, or to assist with your affairs at a time when you are unable. More often than not, clients are concerned that in later life they may need to rely on their spouse or their children to manage their affairs. That said Lasting Powers should not be considered a document solely for the elderly.

 There are two different types of Powers, these are

  • Lasting Power of Attorney – Health and Care

Under this Power your Attorney/s can make decisions on your behalf in connection with your personal welfare. This may include liaising with care providers or doctors to consenting to or refusing life sustaining treatment.

  • Lasting Power of Attorney – Financial decisions

Under this Power your Attorney/s can make decisions on your behalf with respect to your finances and property. This can include running your bank and savings accounts, taking decisions about making or selling investments and selling property including your home. 

A Power of Attorney must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian (“OPG”).  Talk to us today for advice.

Enduring Powers of Attorney

These Powers predate Lasting Powers and are still valid but do not authorise your Attorney/s to take decisions regarding your Health and Welfare. Your Attorney/s will, in the absence of any restriction, be able to act on your behalf immediately and even before the Power has been registered with the Court. The Attorney/s must however register the document once they believe you are beginning to or have lost capacity.

Deputyship

In the absence of a Power of Attorney your family or those closest to you will need to apply to the Office of the Public Guardian to act as your deputy.

This can be a lengthy process which may result in your family looking to their own resources to pay, for say your care until the Court provides them with the appropriate authority to act on your behalf. The costs will far exceed our charges for preparing Lasting Powers.

Contact us today for further information and advice.

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Hitchin
01462 458711
Welwyn Garden City
01707 887 700
London
0203 327 9001
info@hrjforemanlaws.co.uk